How many cities can offer vibrant downtown living with lakeside benefits just outside your door? Kelowna is a rare gem of a city that offers residents the perfect balance of the hustle & bustle of big city life with quiet, small town style. Calling Downtown Kelowna home, you will enjoy a culturally charged life full of art, music, and activity, while also experiencing the stillness and serenity of lakeside living. Move here for the scenery and stay for the lifestyle.
Staying busy and active is easy when you live in Downtown Kelowna. For outdoor enthusiasts, boating on Okanagan Lake, hiking the Knox Mountain trails, and taking a cruiser bike out for a spin on the boardwalk are all fun activities that are just steps from the trendy lofts and condos of the downtown core. If you prefer to stay in with air conditioning, browsing the shops on Bernard Avenue, heading to the movies, visiting the Kelowna Art Gallery, or taking in a Kelowna Rockets hockey game at Prospera Place may be the perfect activities for you.
Hungry? Downtown Kelowna is home to numerous dining options with delicious sips and eats. In recent years, many hip, local eateries featuring big flavours have popped up around Kelowna’s cultural district. Specializing in farm-to-table ingredients and locally brewed beverages are restaurants such as FSH, Bacaro, Salted Brick, Central, BNA, El Taquero, The Curious, Micro, and Raudz.
The Taste of Downtown event allows residents complimentary access to sample some of the finest food in Kelowna, and explore the more than 80 eateries located in the downtown area. Not only does Taste of Downtown satisfy your taste buds, but it also makes it easy to identify your go-to restaurants in the downtown core. Keep an eye out for this event, which typically happens each September as part of the Downtown Kelowna Association’s calendar of events.
Kelowna’s cultural district in the downtown area is home to many exciting events throughout the year. As the summer sun beats down on the waterfront, the Center of Gravity sports and music festival in City Park invites music fans to dance and sing, and sport lovers can check out everything from BMX and motocross to wakeboarding and a basketball tournament. Festivals Kelowna offers the beloved Parks Alive! program, which invites local artists and world-class musicians to perform in downtown parks, as well as in other neighbourhoods throughout the city. Downtown entertainment for the whole family can be found at the annual Block Party on Bernard Avenue, as vendors take to the street to offer their goods, children’s activities, music, food and more.
In the winter months Bernard Avenue becomes home to thousands of strings of lights at the Downtown Kelowna Light Up. As Santa turns the lights on, attendees of the event are welcomed to enjoy live music, good eats and wine, and start their holiday shopping. You will also want to pop by Stuart Park, which is home to a beautiful outdoor ice skating rink right along the waterfront. It’s a magical way to spend time with friends and family!
Relocating to Downtown Kelowna will allow you to enjoy a dynamic lifestyle, full of opportunities to be active, enjoy exquisite food, and appreciate lively entertainment. In this Kelowna neighbourhood, you will find a great selection of condominiums and lofts, as well as charming homes on tree-lined streets. This lively area is perfect for the young professional and families that are looking for a high walkscore and access to arts and culture. No matter what your needs, there are many options available to call home and to experience downtown living.